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An acoustic instrument consisting of a sounding box with one string and a movable bridge, used to study musical tones.

[Middle English monocorde, from Old French, from Medieval Latin monochordum, from Greek monokhordon : mono-, mono- + khordē, string; see cord.]


(General Physics) an instrument employed in acoustic analysis or investigation, consisting usually of one string stretched over a resonator of wood. Also called: sonometer
[C15: from Old French, from Late Latin, from Greek monokhordon, from mono- + khordē string]


(ˈmɒn əˌkɔrd)

an acoustical instrument dating from antiquity, consisting of an oblong wooden sounding box usu. with a single string, used for the mathematical determination of musical intervals.
[1375–1425; < Medieval Latin monochordum < Greek monóchordon, n. use of neuter of monóchordos with one string. See mono-, chord1]
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Santos described his composition as 'an experimental piece that combines the flutes and other traditional instruments of Asean and Korea, from zithers and monochord, bowed string, xylophones, mouth organ, gongs in a row, to frame drums, two-headed drums, bamboo buzzers and stomping tubes.
The rightly ordered monochord is an ancient scientific instrument, which illustrates the mathematical standard of harmony, and its Greek name is kanon ([phrase omitted]), it means law and standard.
Inventions in Music: From the Monochord to MP3S (Art and Invention).
Monochord sounds and progressive muscle relaxation reduce anxiety and improve relaxation during chemotherapy: A pilot EEG study.
In exploring the representation of nature in music, some composers developed an arithmetically driven approach; from Pythagoras' early experiments with the monochord (and the subsequent conclusion that the world must be organized along harmonic ratios) to the adoption of ratios found in nature in the development of melody and harmony.
Through Fullman's assertion that her instrument is a microcosm of music history, Lucier discusses the Pythagorian monochord and a rather complex, yet accessible introduction to just intonation.
Make your monochord piece interesting using rhythms, melody, articulation, dynamics, and timbre.
For example, Ulrich presents the monochord almost as a sort of forgotten instrument that shares similarities in construction to the hummel.
The Monochord in Ancient Greek Harmonic Science, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
To give but one example, rationabiliter distinguens, which is used in describing the intervals on the monochord, becomes 'breaking down .
By yoking together the mundane and the wonderful, one monochord "note" and the possibility of flying, Dohollau here conjures up "le gout de l' impossible/dans he possible," "[1]e sentiment intense que peu suffit car tout deborde.
Franchino Gafurio, Practica musice, Book I (early draft); treatise on division of the monochord (= Guido, Micrologus, chapter 3).